President Biden announced his first round of judicial nominees Tuesday morning, igniting a flurry of speculation about who is on his Supreme Court shortlist.
The commander-in-chief, who entered office with 68 judicial vacancies, sent 11 nominations to the Senate for confirmation, leading with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace newly-installed Attorney General Merrick Garland for the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.
If confirmed, Jackson, who was widely seen as the frontrunner for weeks, will almost certainly be propelled to the top of Biden’s Supreme Court shortlist.
During the campaign, then-candidate Biden pledged to nominate a black woman to the nation’s highest bench once a vacancy occurred.
Jackson is being nominated to the DC Circuit, which is generally thought of as the second highest bench in the nation.
It is also widely considered as a stepping stone to the Supreme Court.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is being nominated to the DC CircuitThe Washington Post via